2012 California Capitol people to watchLoading
  • RB Cate

    Matt Cate, director, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

    He faces the challenge of implementing Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to shift responsibility for some prisoners from state prison to county jails.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
  • Gale Kaufman, at the forefront of another major California battle fight in 2012

    Gale Kaufman, Democratic political consultant

    Kaufman advises the California Teachers Association, and will be pivotal in structuring the 2012 campaign for tax increases.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

    Kamala Harris, California attorney general

    Harris spent much of her first year in office transitioning from the San Francisco district attorney's office. At year's end, she broke from multi-state settlement talks with banks over mortgage fraud and teamed with Nevada to make California's case.
    DAMIAN DOVARGANES | Associated Press file, 2010
  • Jon Coupal

    Jon Coupal, executive director Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

    With multiple tax increase measures headed for the November ballot, anti-tax crusader Coupal will have his hands full. He's also trying to enact a tough spending cap for California.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • butler

    Rev. James Butler, anti-gambling advocate

    Butler faces an uphill battle in 2012 as lobbyists for Indian tribes, card room owners and race track operators are likely to come up with a deal to legalize Internet poker.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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